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Getting There & Away

The most popular route for travelers is the frequent ferry between Pargua, on the mainland 62km southwest of Puerto Montt, and Chacao, a small town of little interest at the northeast corner of Isla Grande de Chiloé, but that is all set to change over the coming years. Construction on the controversial Puente Chacao, a 2.6km suspension bridge – the largest of its kind in Latin America – linking Chiloé with the mainland, has been postponed several times but may be operational in the next decade. Until then, bus fares to/from the mainland include the half-hour ferry crossing. LATAM Airlines operates one daily flight from Santiago to Castro via Puerto Montt five days a week (four in low season).